Pele: 'Neymar is a diver'

Brazil legend Pele admits that compatriot Neymar has a diving "problem".

Brazil legend Pele has admitted that he thinks Neymar is a diver.

The Brazilian international has come under fire from certain sections for perceived play-acting, and Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone claimed that the former Santos star goes to ground too easily.

Pele said that he was of a similar school of thought to the Los Rojiblancos boss, but claimed that playing in Europe has led to his compatriot trying to clean up his act.

He is quoted as saying by ESPN: "Does Neymar dive? Yes, yes, he had this problem in Santos also.

"I think he tries to create fouls and situations that are not there. But now he got much better because in Europe, things are different."

Neymar scored in Barca's 1-1 draw with Atleti in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Neymar of Barcelona celebrates his goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match against Atletico de Madrid on April 1, 2014
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